Born at Emerald Hill in Melbourne in 1869, the son of an artist lithographer. At the age of 15 he was apprenticed to the stained glass firm Ferguson & Urie, and studied at night school during his apprenticeship. In 1896 he won the National Gallery Travelling Scholarship and went to Paris to further his studies. He studied at the Académie Julien in Paris and exhibited at the Old and New Salon and at the Royal Academy. Coates was awarded Honourable Mention at the Old Salon in 1911 and the same honour at the Carnegie Institute. He was invited to become a member of the International Society of Painters, Gravers and Etchers and of the Royal Portrait Society. He became first an associate, and then, in 1927, a full member of the Paris Salon. During World War I he was appointed an official war artist.
Our database records art auction sales of works by George Coates from 1967 and in total 72 works by the artist have been offered for sale, of which 53 (74%) were sold. The highest price recorded for the artist is $6,728 for 'Memories' sold by Elder Fine Art in December 2021. No works have been offered for sale this year, and the last sale we have recorded for the artist was in 2021. Works by George Coates are held by the Art Gallery of Western Australia, National Gallery of Victoria and a further six major public national galleries (see list below).
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Could the second and subsequent works by this artist sold after June 9, 2010 for over $1,000 be liable for the Artists' Resale Royalty? More info…
No, ineligible. The artist has been deceased for more than 70 years.
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